GLENDALE, Ariz. — During the past week, reporters peppered veteran running C.J. Anderson using questions.

Could he learn the Los Angeles Rams‘ crime? How was his elimination? Can Todd Gurley offer any information?

Anderson handled each query together with unabashed confidence, then Sunday started instead of Gurley and rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown in that a 31-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Not harmful to a sixth-year pro who was released in 2013 by the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders, and whom the Rams signed just five days earlier as doubt loomed over the status of Gurley and swelling in his knee.

Gurley was listed as questionable going into the game, then was placed on the inactive list after he engaged in a good work out two weeks before kickoff and determined that it would be best to stand outside. Gurley’s knee injury isn’t considered serious or the one that is going to prevent him against the play offs, ” a source told ESPN.

Anderson’s operation helped the Rams (12-3) prevent a two-game losing streak, their first such slide from the regular season under second-year trainer Sean McVay, and maintain pace to procure a first-round bye in the play offs.

Even the 5-foot-8,” 225-pound Anderson became the very initial Rams player not named Gurley to rush for 100 yards since Tre Mason in Week 13 of 2014, based on ESPN Stats & Information research.

This was Anderson’s first game rushing for over a hundred metres since Dec. 14, 2017, also it was just one yard shy of tying his career high of 168 set in 2014 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Anderson played five seasons with all the Denver Broncos before he signed a one-piece deal with all the Panthers last off season. In eight games that he rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries and was released Nov. 12. Anderson spent weeks looking for work before he signed with the Raiders on Dec. 5. He was released after less than a week.

Ahead of Anderson’s development Sunday, the Rams had become dangerously thin at running back since they prepare to the play offs.

Second-year pro Justin Davis injured his shoulder last Sunday from the Philadelphia Eagles and sat out of practice weekly, but was active against the Cardinals. And rookie John Kelly was inactive through 12 matches, then was inserted on crime a week and appeared overwhelmed in pass protection. On Sunday, Kelly rushed for 40 yards on 10 carries.

The Rams will close out the regular season next Sunday from the San Francisco 49ers in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. A victory on the 49ers (4-11) provides the Rams a first-round bye in the play offs.


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